American announces new bag fee policy for international travel

American Airlines is implementing revisions to its baggage policy for customers traveling between certain locations in Europe, India and the United States, including U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The revised policy takes effect for tickets purchased on or after Sept. 14, 2009. The changes apply to transatlantic travelers on any flight operated by American Airlines for travel to, from or through India, as well as the following European countries - Belgium, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
Customers who purchase certain economy class tickets on or after the effective date will be able to check one bag for free and will pay $50 for a second checked bag.
Here are some examples of exceptions for travelers who will not pay any checked bag charge (other exemptions may also apply - see for details):
·       American's AAdvantage program members who have achieved
AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Executive Platinum levels, as well as one
world® Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby members;
·       Passengers booked in First and Business Class cabins, as well as those who purchase full-fare tickets in the Economy Class cabins;
·       Active U.S. Military personnel traveling on orders or personal travel;
·       Active U.S. Military dependents traveling on orders.
Customers may pay checked bag charges at an airport Self-Service machine or at any airport ticket counter.

More information about American's checked baggage policies for domestic and international itineraries is available at